Boulle Coffer

Designed by André Charles Boulle in around 1685, the Louis XIV coffer is among the finest examples of a process known as marquetry which was pioneered by the French master cabinetmaker.

In Boulle Marquetry, thin sheets of brass, pewter and tortoiseshell are sandwiched together and the design, placed on top, is cut out with a fretsaw, providing identically shaped patterns in each material. 

Value: In 2009 a pair of similar Boulle Louis XIV coffers were sold for more than £2.6m at Christie’s.

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